The electoral college has worked splendidly for 200+ years.
It has not. The disaster in 2000 was enough reason to get rid of it.[/quote]
It’s the same concept as “Match Play” in Golf. Whoever wins the most holes wins the game, or in this case, whoever wins the most states wins the election. This way, if you have a terrible hole (state), it won’t really affect your total outcome (votes).
Another example is in competitions, they don’t count the highest and lowest scores for that round.
This eliminates the extremes. For instance, if California and Texas votes 95% for one candidate, the whole election will get fucked up. To get rid of the electoral college for a straight-up popular vote would be extremely fucking retarded.
Men extremely more intelligent than you came up with this system for a reason. 80% of people in the US live in urban areas. If a popular vote were used, people in rural areas wouldn’t be represented. I’m not trying to insult here, but your lack of understanding of the electoral college is no surprise considering other posts I’ve seen of yours. It’s scary that people like you vote.[/quote]
It’s not a lack of understanding dipshit. A place filled with trees and rocks SHOULDN’T be represented as much as a place filled with people.
People in rural areas will be represented- they’ll vote, and that vote will count. But if there’s not enough of them that vote, they don’t get to pick the leader. I fail to see what is so amazingly complicated or evil about that.
This way, you don’t have more people voting for one candidate, but that candidate (gore) managing to lose the fuckin election. The fact that it’s happened twice in this country’s history should have provided incentive enough for them to change it from an outdated, ridiculous system that prevents direct democracy.[/quote]
Actually, a lack of understanding is exactly what it is. A lack of understanding in regards to what a Republic is. We are not a direct democracy, and that was done for a reason. I really don’t want to get into why a direct democracy is atrocious, it should be apparent. Our elected politicians currently should be enough evidence that voters in general have no idea about politics or the functions of the US government.
The top 5 largest states (in population) account for 36.24% of the total US population while the top 10 account for 53.24%. Do you honestly believe that 10 states should be deciding for all 50? Our system was set up so that the majority doesn’t oppress the minority while giving the minority a voice.
By the way, there have been 56 US presidential elections. As you say, only twice has the winner of the popular vote not been elected. That means this has occurred only 3.5% of the time.
I suggest you do some research on why we have the electoral college system as opposed to a direct popular vote.